A Florida radio host who blasted Anthony Fauci and coronavirus vaccines has died from Covid-19.
The US Sun reports that the right-wing talk show host Dick Farrel, 65, texted friends in his last few days urging them to get the jab, having changed his mind.
Previously Farrel had frequently hit out against the covid vaccine on his personal Facebook page.
In a July 3 post he wrote: “Why take a vax promoted by people who lied 2u all along about masks, where the virus came from and the death toll?”, although he didn’t provide any additional context or clarification.
“Vaccine Bogus Bull Shid!, Two peeps I know, got vaxed, now have Corona, hospitalised critical,” he wrote on July 1. “Thank you Moderna, FOR NOTHING!”
Creative Director of Hubbard South Florida Mike McCabe, a friend of Farrel’s, said on Facebook that he had been battling covid for three weeks before his death earlier this week.
Farrel had also lashed out against Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, calling him a “power tripping lying freak” while throwing his support behind the former US President Donald Trump.
However, having contracted the deadly virus, Farrel changed his mind and texted friends, urging them to get the vaccine, WPTV reports.
“He is the reason I took the shot,” said Amy Leigh Hair, Farrel’s close friend. “He texted me and told me to ‘Get it!’ He told me this virus is no joke and he said, ‘I wish I had gotten it’!”
Since his death, tributes have poured in from friends and colleagues.
Lee Strasser, former market general manager for CBS Radio West Palm Beach, said Farrel was “flamboyant, outrageous at times, and willing to take on any and all comers,” WPTV reported.
“Was he right all the time? No,” Strasser added. “But he was “RIGHT” all the time, especially if you asked him. Did he stay out of trouble? Not always. Was he great with clients? Yes. Was he a pleasure in the building? Absolutely. Was he loyal? Unquestionably! Was he skilled? Yessir! His passing is a big loss. He was a kind-hearted person with a load of passion, and his memory will stand the test of time. We have all lost a friend in Farrel.”
Radio veteran, and lifelong friend, George Kalman, said: “We became such close friends that he would always call me for advice when applying for jobs or anything pertaining to radio. I was like a big brother to him.